Still Hesitant On A Subway Death Solution? Check Out What Happened Over The Past Five Days

The growing controversy over subway deaths has stricken all parties involved in the transportation scene.

The MTA, stuck with little cash to maneuver, has provided flat solutions, including platform doors and laser alarm systems, that are getting nowhere because, given, the agency can't get past the whole price tag thing. The Transport Workers Union Local has informed its conductors to slow down but this advice was chastised by the MTA as a major service delayer. As a result, the emergency meeting called by Councilman Joe Vacca ended in a yelling match between the union and the agency. And then there's the NYPD, with its officers busy Big-Brother-ing the mentally ill.

Needless to say, this controversy has hit a brick wall... at the worst time possible.

In the past five days, seven people have been struck by a subway. Do the math: that's more than a person a day. If that's not enough reason to spark urgency to this situation, we seriously have no idea what is.

Here's a breakdown of what's happened in less than a week:

Yesterday morning, a man jumped into the subway tracks at the West 23rd Street A/C/E station, leading to his fatality. As of now, the authorities on the scene believe it was suicide.

On Saturday night, a man had his legs severed after falling onto the subway tracks at the Yankee Stadium stop up in the Bronx. Cops have presumed that the man was intoxicated.

Last Friday witnessed two separate bloody events underground. Up at West 86th Street, a man was non-fatally hit by a Bronx-bound 1 train in the morning; later that night, a man died after being hit by a 2 train at Penn Station.

On Thursday, a man jumped onto the tracks at the Briarwood/Van Wyck Boulevard F stop in Queens. The authorities have also deemed this incident a suicide.

And Wednesday ran the same as Friday. A man killed himself after jumping in front of a F train at the Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Avenue station in Queens. Later that day, another man attempted to suicide but was only clipped by a 1 train at Columbus Circle.

In effect, these separate incidents raise two very important questions that are at the foundation of this strange phenomenon:

First, what is it about the current time and place that is drawing pedestrians in record numbers to intentionally jump in front of subways? And, second, what is about the scenario, whatever it may be, that is forming this weird appeal to males? If we scan over the headlines from the past few months, one will notice that a majority of these subway incidents involve men, not women. It's a strange feature of the controversy that still has yet to be explained.

Whatever the answers to these questions may be, all the parties mentioned before need to get their act together. It's evident that this bloodshed isn't going anywhere; if anything, it's only getting worse. Now is the time to act.


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frank124c topcommenter

Why not solve two problems at one time? Hire people who are on welfare to stand on the platforms, at least one person on each platform, to keep an eye out. Pay them a decent salary so they can get off welfare. Give each person a walkie talkie and whenever someone appears disturbed or a disturbance of some kind occurs he can call it in and the appropriate action can be taken, if someone jumps onto the tracks the motorman would be contacted in advance. If a crime is occurring, he can call the police, if there is a medical problem  he can call an ambulance and so forth.


Seems to me the obvious solution is to fence off the tracks, and have sliding doors open in sync with the subway doors.  Some subway systems in Europe use this solution.

Spencer Tiberius Rappaport
Spencer Tiberius Rappaport

how about slow it down coming into stations? Did you say slow down in NYC? must be fucking kidding me. Speed the fuckers up and give the jumpers no time to get set ha


4 out of 7 of these are suicides? So really that's 3 people in the last 5 days.  If there is one right that can't be denied a human being it is the right to commit suicide.  If someone wants to commit suicide implementing new policies and technology isn't going to stop them.  It's a shame that MTA drivers are caught in the middle of this.  But what can you do, it's a part of the occupation.  I doubt there'd really be much of a solution besides putting up more danger signs with stats on them.   

Steven Michael Markowitz
Steven Michael Markowitz

Why does anyone need to travel underground? When the founding Fathers spoke of free assembly, they didn't envision subterranean transport. My parents traveled. My Grandparents were fond of travel. I have traveled all my life--But nobody needs to travel in fast trains underground. Nobody needs more than two train per hour.

John Markowitz
John Markowitz

I understand Joe Biden will be coming up with 20 recommendations on these killer trains gone wild.

Steven Michael Markowitz
Steven Michael Markowitz

King Bloomberg is too busy solving problems for the rest of the country for him to worry about NYC.


I remember reading a thread on Reddit a couple years ago about an MTA worker who shared "subway secrets". 

I dug it up, here's what he said regarding suicides:

 "3. Subway suicides happen more often than you think -- like twice a week.

When asked how often people commit suicide by jumping onto the track, fusoyaff2 wrote:

It happened 136 times in 2010 (statistic includes accidental deaths). So about twice a week. It hasn't happened on one of my trains yet, but I did witness it happen on a train right across from mine.

(fusoyaff has been working as an MTA conductor since 2009).

Incidentally, 'Police investigation' is the code for a suicide by train. Service will be disrupted for about a half hour, usually. I've seen it mess up things for as long as 3 hours though."

So, from two a week in 2010 to a daily occurrence now. It does appear that we've got something pretty serious on our hands.


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